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Dec 9, 2013 10:30am EST
as the model for the statue in parliament square. and mr. mandela's host on that day was the mayor. sadly, he is seriously ill at present, but i know that she is so proud of her own and of bedford's part in mr. mandela's story. mr. speaker, between 1986 and 1990 the right honorable gentleman, myself and peter pike, the former member for burnly, made three visits to south africa at the invitation of the followers of christ working for a peaceful resolution of the situation there. on our return from our first visit, we made joint speech speeches in a debate here in the house of commons on june the 17th referring to each other as our honorable friends, a point dually note -- duly noted by -- [inaudible] we had gone together, safety in numbers, at a time when the anc was still banned, the political situation deteriorating, violence abroad and where the isolation of south africa was impacting on the flow of anything. we found and were able to report back to our respective party leaders, and i had half an hour with an anxious, worried and very uncertain margaret thatcher. we reported back on the tr
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2013 8:30am EST
to former south african president nelson mandela. he passed away last thursday at the age of 95. mr. mandela serve as south africa's first black president from 1994 to 1999. he spent 27 youth in prison before he was elected president. >> the house will wish to know how we intend to proceed today. defense questions will be postponed to next monday. the present list of questions will be carried over. there will not be another shuffle to the table office will announce consequential changes shortly. this is a special day for special tribute to a special statesmen, nelson mandela. i hope that as many members as possible will be able to contribute. tributes may continue until 10 p.m. there will be no end of day adjournment debate. the house will also wish to know that there will be an event to commemorate and celebrate the life and achievements of nelson mandela, taking place in westminster hall at 2 p.m. on thursday december 12. i call the prime minister. >> thank you, mr. speaker. nelson mandela was a towering figure in our lifetime, a pivotal figure in the history of south africa and the world,
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2013 10:00pm EST
president of the country in 1994. u.s. secretary general reacted to the death of mr. mann dell -- mandela. >> good evening, ladies and gentlemen. thank you for this opportunity. as spokesperson said that i'm just going the airport to go paris to attend africa secret meeting in paris. but i heard this very sad news of a mandela's pass. i thought i would say in person on behalf of the united nations. i'm profoundly saddened by the passing of nelson mandela. nelson mandela was a giant for justice for human dignity, equality, and freedom. he touched our lives in deeply personal ways. at the same time, -- [inaudible] to advance the value ands aspiration of united nations. nelson showed what is possible for our world. each one of us, if we believe a -- for justice and humanity. he's moral force was a decisive and dismantling the system of appar tide. he marched from -- he insisted the credit belong to others. i'll never forget his self-lessness and deep sense of shared purpose. on behalf of the united nations, i extent my deepest condolences to nelson mandela's family. the people of south afric
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2013 2:30pm EST
. durbin: thank you, mr. president. as we mourn the passing of nelson mandela, a great, noble leader who changed history, we also take a moment to recall other leaders closer to home. one of those leaders and a friend of mine had his memorial service this week. his name was not well known to many outside of southern illinois, but he was a good man, a good friend and he worked throughout his life to create opportunities and a sense of community. his name was john redenour although everybody skipped the first name and called him redenour. he passed away at page 78. he was a mayor of a small town in southern illinois where he presided as mayor for a remarkable 24 years. during his tenure, he prided himself on balancing the budget and investing in the city's future. deit year after year. amazingly, public service was his third career. he began his life as a iron worker. a member of the united iron workers. he also worked as a shoemaker. in 1970, he moved to decoin with his wife wanda and his three kids. he brought together local shareholders and took control of a struggling local bank. he co
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2013 12:30pm EST
including the time when he spoke so memorably in trafalgar square at that great event. mr. speaker, the character of nelson mandela was shown not only in the determination with which he fought, but in the grace with which he won. nearly three decades in prison could so easily have left him bitter. on his release he could have meted out vengeance on those who had done him so much wrong, but perhaps the post remarkable chapter of mandela's story is how he took the opposite path. in victory he did, indeed, choose mall anymorety. indeed, with characteristic generosity, he invited his own former jailer to come to his presidential inauguration. he employed a young afrikaner woman who became his confidant, and in an image on our minds, he roused his country in the most powerful gesture of reconciliation. his government pursued a very deliberate policy of forgiveness. f.w. declerk and other national party officials were brought into his government of national unity. the truth in reconciliation commission was established to break the spiral of recrimination and violence. these were astonish
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